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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 28, 2013

Two New Stars Of Backroom: Benj Bolivar And Carlo Sawit

INTRODUCING new stars is the lifeblood of showbiz and Backroom is now introducing nine wannabes officially known as the Backroom 9 or the Not Your Ordinary Boys and Girls (NYOBG). We’ll introduce them to you one by one. Two now and the rest in next columns. First is Benj Bolivar, a former varsity athlete of the UP Basketball Team, first runner-up in the Mossimo Bikini Summit of 2010 and has appeared in television commercials like Lucky Me, Bingo and Smart. He’s eager to prove what he can do. “Right now, gusto kong umarte kasi ‘yung mom ko mahilig sa mga teleserye,” he says. “Parang masaya siya gawin at fulfilling.”

Benj is co-managed by Backroom and Jonas Gaffud's Mercator. Carlo Sawit is 24, and a Marketing Management graduate from De La Salle University. His most recent commercial appearance was for Kremil-S, in which he appeared with Boy Abunda. One thing led to another, and before Carlo knew it, he was being offered to be part of the Backroom 9/NYOBG. Of this new career challenge, he says: “I’m happy here, I’m happy acting, I’m happy feeling things, doing a role, feeling exactly what the character feels. For me, it’s like traveling, it’s like an adventure.”